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2007 Chevrolet Malibu

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2007 Chevrolet Malibu Review

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Fresh from a major makeover last year, the Malibu sedan and Malibu Maxx wagon continue to offer consumers a strong incentive to move away from the leading imports and come home to Chevrolet. Loaded with unique features and based on a proven European platform, known in General Motors as the Epsilon, the Malibu and Malibu Maxx have strong appeal to consumers looking to get out of their gas-thirsty SUVs and into something fuel efficient, roomy and fun to drive. Although their engines and transmissions are not yet up to the standards set by Toyota and Honda, the Malibu and Malibu Maxx are far from outdated. Unfortunately, the pair still has some catching up to do in the area of residual and long-term resale values.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you're looking for a mid-size sedan or hatchback with generous rear seat leg- and headroom plus an ample cargo hold, the Malibu and Malibu Maxx should be on your list. Those who spend hours in their cars will appreciate the excellent front seats.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you're partial to Japanese-quality interiors, the Malibu probably won't cut it. Though clean, the overall interior is not up to the standard set by Mazda, Toyota and Hyundai. There is no manual transmission option, either.

What's Significant About This Car?

The 3.5-liter V6 is fitted with variable valve timing (VVT) and front and rear head-curtain airbags are now standard on LS and LT trims.

Driving the Malibu

Driving Impressions The Epsilon platform on which the Malibu rides shows itself once you start tossing the sedan into turns. The stiff body and firm suspension give up very little in the...

way of body lean, squat or dive. The Malibu easily pushes through tight turns, hindered only by its touring tires that squeal once they near their limits. At a standstill, the power steering is so light you can turn the wheel with one finger. Once in motion, however, the steering quickly firms up to return accurate and linear road feel. The four-speed automatic performs admirably, with a convenient up/down shift button that lets you toggle through gears one through three—a useful device when driving in snow.
Favorite Features

Up/Down Shift Button
The up/down shift button on the automatic transmission lever lets you toggle between gears one through three.

Fold-Flat Passenger Seat
The Malibu's fold-flat front passenger seat increases cargo-hauling capability.

2007 Chevrolet Malibu Details
Interior

The Malibu's interior features large, legible gauges, a modern and clean center cluster and some of the best seats we've experienced in a Chevrolet. New colors and seat patterns definitely brighten the formerly monotone interior, but the plastic on the dash and door panels still needs some work. As for dimensions, the Malibu offers plenty of leg-, hip- and headroom both front and rear. The sedan's huge trunk also expands easily via the folding rear seat, while the Malibu Maxx wagon offers a sliding fore-and-aft split rear seat.

Exterior

Though handsome, the Malibu's exterior sheetmetal holds nothing earthshaking. Standout features include large jewel-like headlamps, styling lines that curve over the front and rear wheel arches and a bright chrome bar splitting the grille. While the sedan and wagon are virtually identical from the B-pillar forward, the Malibu Maxx distinguishes itself via a large flip-up hatchback and an additional six inches between the front and rear wheels.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The Malibu LS includes, as standard equipment, a 2.2-liter, four-cylinder engine, air conditioning, power door locks, four cup holders, dual power mirrors, power driver's seat height adjustment, two 12-volt outlets, tilt/telescopic steering wheel, tachometer, cruise control, power windows, AM/FM stereo with CD, front and rear head-curtain airbags and full wheel covers. The LT trim adds the 3.5-liter V6 (Maxx only), 16-inch alloy wheels, premium cloth seats, body-colored mirrors, door handles and rocker panels and a leather-wrapped steering wheel with touch controls. The LTZ adds automatic air conditioning, heated mirrors, side-impact airbags, heated leather seats, six-way power driver's seat, 17-inch chrome-clad aluminum wheels and power adjustable pedals.

Optional Equipment

Popular options include a power sunroof, OnStar, front seat side-impact airbags, six-way power driver's seat, auto-dimming interior mirror, XM Satellite Radio, remote control starter, rear-seat DVD entertainment system (Maxx only) and a six-disc in-dash CD changer.

Under the Hood

The standard 2.2-liter engine is an underwhelming performer, but returns outstanding fuel economy considering the Malibu's size. The V6 models offer better power, with city/highway fuel economy almost equal to the four-cylinder. The new 200-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 with variable valve timing accelerates briskly, with very little growl even under full throttle. Passing power is also excellent and, once up to speed, the engine is barely audible inside the passenger compartment.

2.2-liter in-line 4
144 horsepower @ 5600 rpm
155 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 24/34

3.5-liter V6
217 horsepower @ 5800 rpm
217 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 22/32 (sedan), 20/29 (Maxx)

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2007 Chevrolet Malibu Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.1
Out of 10

Based on 924 Ratings for the 2004 - 2007 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.4/10
    Quality
    8.2/10
  • Reliability
    8.6/10
    Performance
    8.5/10
  • Comfort
    8.5/10
    Styling
    8.4/10

I would buy one again

By on Tuesday, April 01, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 180,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Great price, gets great gas mileage"

Cons: "Nothing comes to mind"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I've had my car almost ten years and (knock on wood) I have had no major issues with it. It gets great gas mileage and rides/drives well on long trips. I'm 5' tall so I feel that it is very roomy; however, my husband is 6' tall and he's not as comfortable in my car. My current mileage is about 180,000 and I'm still getting almost the same mpg as I was when I first bought it (approx 28 in the city; closer to 35 on the highway). I believe I definitely got my money's worth out of this car and I would buy another Malibu."

3 people out of 3 found this review helpful

good vehicle until the accident

By on Monday, March 17, 2014

I don't own this car

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
1/10
Styling
1/10
Comfort
1/10

Pros: "was a nice car"

Cons: "3 cupholders"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"the wife & I were just recently involved in an accident( a young driver ran a red light and hit us and another vehicle), I believe all 3 cars were totalled we are still waiting to hear from the insurance company to see if they are going to totaled but the entire engine compartment was sheared off we had a 5,480.00 balance approx. on the car."

The most economical car I have ever owned

By on Monday, March 10, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 50,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Fun to drive and very roomy."

Cons: "None what so ever."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This car corners beautifully, engine so quiet you had to look to make sure it is running. Is a fast car and very comfortable. We made a trip about 4,000 miles a few years ago and it average 34mph on the highway. Depending on the town driving can average 26 to 28 mph. The best feature is the electronic door opener which you can start the car to warm the inside when the weather is cold and rainy. I don't understand why Chevy quit making this model, it always looks like new and has very little area that can rust. Mine sits out all the time and we live in a beach town. Lot of people think it is new and admire it all the time. We have it serviced every 3000 miles and keep the exterior clean and waxed as well as the interior. Haven't found a car near as good as it yet."

7 people out of 7 found this review helpful

Love this peppy car. The Maxx is a great find

By on Thursday, March 06, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 71,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
Not Rated
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "peppy, fits small parking spaces, looks sharp"

Cons: "not so steady on ice"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This is one hot car. Pick up and highway handling great. Comfy and roomy for trips, good hatch cargo space. Easy to park in tight spaces. I added after-market heated seats and love them."

3 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Terrific Little Car!

By on Wednesday, February 26, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 124,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Easy to drive, reliable, low maintenance"

Cons: "Pass. seat headrest blocks visibility to rt. rear"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"After driving Taurus Wagons for nearly 20 years, I bought the Maxx when Ford appeared to be discontinuing the Taurus because I was worried about parts down the road; I planned to drive the Maxx till either it or I fell apart. That was nearly 9 years ago -- so far both of us are still doing well. The Maxx has been an awesome performer -- never an unexpected problem. Some emissions work had to be done for the inspection 2 years ago and it got complicated, but that was because of the federal equipment and standards, not because of GM or the model. I had no problems at the most recent inspection. I really love this little car -- the only problem is that it is "little." I have 3 grandchildren, 3 car seats totally fill the back seat, and I couldn't have an installed infant seat with 2 "older child" seats. But there's lots of cargo space for normal use, including putting down the back seats. Imo size is a personal preference, and the car's performance, handling, pick-up, "parkability," etc. are all excellent. Unless Chevy has lowered the standards for this car, it's a great buy."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

Love my Maxx!

By on Sunday, February 23, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 81,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "handles well, great space for family and stuff"

Cons: "Seats could be cushioned more for long drives"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"Dependable, great in snow, awesome hauling capacity, all-around do-everything vehicle. Had for almost 9 years and will keep it another 9 if possible."

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